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Former HS2 boss takes controls at rail college

The former chief executive and managing director of HS2 has been appointed chairman of the National College for High Speed Rail, which has campuses in Birmingham and Doncaster.

Alison Munro led the development of Britain’s second high speed rail line from January 2009 to August 2017, having previously secured the deal on HS1 for the section from London to Ebbsfleet.

Now an adviser to HS2 and a non-executive director at OFWAT (the Water Services Regulation Authority), Munro previously led the strategy and implementation plans for a £6bn programme for advanced management of motorways, working for the Department for Transport. 

The National College for High Speed Rail is the largest of five national colleges created by the government with the aim to teach British workers world-class skills.

The college will train the country's next generation of engineers and leaders in high speed rail and infrastructure, from its two newly built campuses. 

Munro said: "This is an incredibly exciting appointment. Having spent most of my professional career developing British infrastructure I am tremendously excited about developing the skills and careers of the people who build the next generation of British infrastructure.

"It’s a pleasure to have this opportunity to work with Clair Mowbray and the team on such an ambitious and inspiring project.

"We’re looking forward to making a significant difference to Britain’s railway sector, by boosting skills and preparing the future workforce for major infrastructure projects including HS2 and beyond."

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail, added: "Having Alison join our board is a real coup for the college.

"Her experience from the early days of establishing HS2 to present, will be highly valuable in developing the college’s strategic direction for the years to come. 

"With females accounting for only nine per cent of Britain’s engineers and just six per cent of Britain’s rail workers, having a female chair is also highly appropriate; Alison is one of Britain’s most respected leaders for the development of transport infrastructure.

"She is an exceptional role model for the rail and infrastructure sectors and I’m sure that with her counsel and direction, the college will be on track to make a tangible and positive difference to this sector."

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